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In a Word: Eclectic - Gaming News & Views - Pair O’ Dice Games

In a Word: Eclectic

In my opinion one of the biggest assets this blog has is also its greatest negative. That is to say, Pair O’ Dice Games is probably one of the most eclectic game blogs out there.

This is most likely related to a couple things, one being that it is written by two people and the other being that those two people have fairly eclectic tastes. Well, I guess I can’t speak for Scott here but I certainly know that my tastes in games tend to be all over the place. I have often said something like “I’m not much of a eurogamer” but in truth I play a fair amount of eurogames. I also play a lot of American games (often called Ameritrash but personally I find this insulting and foolish as it implies that all games need to fit into a certain style in order to be “valid”) and I play a lot of party games as well.

Last night on my wife’s suggestion we stopped by the local game store. While I have procured several games recently most have been gifts and thus I really have not spent too much of my own money on games. Because of this, and the fact that we recently finished paying off one of our cars, she told me to go ahead and pick up a game or two. I have been looking at several recently and I ended up choosing Alhambra and Last Night on Earth.

It struck me as I was leaving the store that these two games show the diversity of my tastes quite well. Alhambra would be classified as a eurogame, while many would call Last Night on Earth a “dice fest”. While I have not fully read the rules for either game I expect I will like them both, at least to some degree. In truth it takes a lot for me to dislike a game.

This sort of leads me to the way I have been reviewing games and makes me want to get on my Review of Reviewing article that I have been meaning to write… For now, I just wanted to say that I know how haphazard and wacky my game selections can be and I hope that there are some people out there as out there as I am.

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    chainsawash Says:

    I’d be curious what you think of Alhambra. Got it for my birthday last year but never got around to playing it.

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    This is an eclectic games blog, for sure. I sometimes have to restrain impulses to start writing about digital games – something which I still would do where it is relevant to game design in general, for example.

    What can I say, both of us enjoy playing a pretty wide swath of games, and we write about what we like (and what we play).

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    It’s not often I find a really good gaming article online, most are the same ole’ thing just rehashed.
    Thanks for posting something I could really sit down and read.

    Dave